Swift Hibernian Patriot
Author: Jonathan SwiftPeter Jones
The Hibernian Patriot: Being a Collection of the Drapier’s Letter 1730
By Jonathan Swift
under the name M.B. Drapier, to Avoid Political Reprisal
Printed In London by A. Moor For the Booksellers of London
The Volume is in Good Condition bound in gilt ruled speckled calf, with the spine divided into six compartments by five raised bands, with board edges blind tooled and leaf edge red speckled. Externally the boards are warped somewhat, showing splits at the hinges, with some tearing to the hinges at the hinges and corners, and with the board corners bumped a bit. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with a wormhole at the lower corner, with some small stains otherwise.
The Volume is Complete in All Respects See below for pagination & dimensions.
Of Drapier’s Letters
Drapier’s Letters is the collective name for a series of seven pamphlets written between 1724 and 1725 by the Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Jonathan Swift, to arouse public opinion in Ireland against the imposition of a privately minted copper coinage that Swift believed to be of inferior quality. William Wood was granted letters patent to mint the coin, and Swift saw the licensing of the patent as corrupt. In response, Swift represented Ireland as constitutionally and financially independent of Britain in the Drapier’s Letters. Since the subject was politically sensitive, Swift wrote under the pseudonym M. B., Drapier, to hide from retaliation.
Although the letters were condemned by the Irish government, with prompting from the British government, they were still able to inspire popular sentiment against Wood and his patent. The popular sentiment turned into a nationwide boycott, which forced the patent to be withdrawn; Swift was later honoured for this service to the people of Ireland. Many Irish people recognised Swift as a hero for his defiance of British control over the Irish nation. Beyond being a hero, many critics have seen Swift, through the persona of the Drapier, as the first to organise a “more universal Irish community”, although it is disputed as to who constitutes that community. Regardless of to whom Swift is actually appealing what he may or may not have done, the nickname provided by Archbishop King, “Our Irish Copper-Farthen Dean”, and his connection to ending the controversy stuck.
Pagination & Dimensions
The volume is paginated as follows: [viii], -264. The volume collates as follows: [x]1, A3, B-R8, S4. The volume measures about 20 cm. By 12.5 cm. By 3 cm. Each leaf measures about 195 mm. By 120 mm.